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Owner won't fix this. City says it's a threat to North End neighbourhood (3 photos)

Should the city pay $165,000 to rectify this dangerous situation on private property?

City Council will be asked Monday to approve spending $165,000 to stabilize a backyard slope on West Perth Bay that the owner won't fix.

Freddie Pozzebon, the city's chief building official and property standard officer, says the seriously eroded slope is a threat to neighbouring properties in the North End and to the community.

Photographs show the slope's edge within 12 feet of the nearest dwelling.

Pozzebon ordered the property owner to complete remedial work on Aug. 23.

The owner appealed to the property standards committee, which upheld the order.

"The owner has not made the appropriate remedial repairs to date and has not filed an appeal to the Superior Court of Justice," Pozzebon says in a report to City Council.

"Consequently, the deadline for filing any appeal has expired and the order to remedy is confirmed."

"As there is no intent by the property owner to move forward in resolving this issue and completing the necessary work, the city must take action."

Pozzebon will ask council to retain Trimount Construction Group Inc. to do the work, with the cost added to the property's tax roll.

Monday's City Council meeting will be livestreamed on SooToday.

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